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Press Release

August 27, 2020

Umialik Insurance Company and Western National Insurance Group Welcome Loren Klassen to Management Team

(Anchorage, Alaska) Umialik Insurance Company and Western National Insurance Group today announced that Loren Klassen has joined the group as Chief Information Officer, effective immediately.

Klassen, formerly Senior Vice President – Enterprise Technology for Toppan Merrill LLC, is a graduate of Crown College in Minnesota. He has over 20 years of IT experience including former senior leadership roles at Merrill Corp, 3M and Regis Corporation.

Being named to this group recognizes Western National for achieving outstanding financial results in the areas of safety, consistency, and performance over a five-year period (2016 – 2020). This is the 16th time in the past 17 years (and the 13th consecutive year) that Western National has been named to this list of top performers.

“We are very pleased to have Loren joining our team with his deep subject matter expertise and a ‘servant leader’ approach to IT management,” said Rick Long, President of Western National Insurance Group. “His leadership and experience with large system transformations will position our group of companies well to continue to build on a history of financial strength, stability, and profitable growth.”

Umialik Insurance Company, headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska, has served the property-and-casualty insurance needs of Alaskans since 1981. Umialik is a member of Western National Insurance, a super-regional group of property-and-casualty insurance companies providing personal and commercial coverage in 22 states across the Midwestern and Western U.S. as well as in Alaska; and surety bonds in 41 states. The Group writes over $800 million in personal and commercial Direct Premium through eight active insurance companies—Western National Mutual Insurance Company, Western National Assurance Company, Pioneer Specialty Insurance Company, Western Home Insurance Company, Arizona Auto Insurance Company, Umialik Insurance Company, American Freedom Insurance Company, and Nevada General Insurance Company—and through one affiliate, Michigan Millers Mutual Insurance Company. All of the Group’s products are sold exclusively through professional Independent Insurance Agents.

For further information, please contact:

Steve Norman, CPCU, M.A., AIT
Vice President – Communications & Customer Experience
(952) 921-5680 or (800) 862-6070 Ext. 7680
steven.norman@wnins.com